Netflix announces The Witcher series

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THE WITCHER SAGA COMING TO NETFLIX

Polish Author Andrzej Sapkowski’s Fantasy Franchise to be Brought to Life as English Language Drama Series

Hollywood, CA., May 17, 2017 – Netflix is developing and producing a new English language drama series based on The Witcher, the globally popular fantasy saga from Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, that has entranced legions of fans worldwide.

Known collectively as the Witcher Saga, Sapkowski’s eight novels and story collections center on "witchers" -- hunters who develop supernatural abilities at a young age to battle deadly monsters. The New York TImes bestselling books have spawned a major video game franchise and have been translated into over 20 languages.

“Andrzej Sapkowski has created a rich and memorable world, at once magical and familiar,” said Erik Barmack, Netflix Vice President, international series. “We couldn’t be more excited about bringing The Witcher saga to Netflix members around the world.”

“I’m thrilled that Netflix will be doing an adaptation of my stories, staying true to the source material and the themes that I have spent over thirty years writing,” said Sapkowski. “I’m excited about our efforts together, as well as the team assembled to shepherd these characters to life.”

Andrzej Sapkowski will serve as a creative consultant on the series. Sean Daniel (The Mummy franchise, The Expanse) and Jason Brown (The Expanse), partners at the Sean Daniel Company are executive producers, along with Tomek Baginski (Oscar nominated short The Cathedral, BAFTA winning The Fallen Art, Ambition) and Jarek Sawko (The Fallen Art, Another Day of Life) from Platige Image, the Polish production and visual effects company.

“The Witcher stories follow an unconventional family that comes together to fight for truth in a dangerous world,” said Sean Daniel and Jason Brown. “The characters are original, funny and constantly surprising and we can’t wait to bring them to life at Netflix, the perfect home for innovative storytelling.”

Added Platige Image’s Tomek Baginski and Jarek Sawko: "There is a moral and intellectual depth in these books which goes beyond genre. It is a story about today and today’s challenges, hidden under a fantasy cover. It is a story about us, about the monster and the hero inside all of our hearts.”
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Will be interesting to see how it turns out.
 

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I'd much rather see someone put their balls on the line and do Wheel of time.
But I can see how witcher 3 leads itself to tripe serialised TV.
Most episodes can be completly stand alone.
 

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[QUOTE="mynd, post: 6529270]I'd much rather see someone put their balls on the line and do Wheel of time.
But I can see how witcher 3 leads itself to tripe serialised TV.
Most episodes can be completly stand alone.[/QUOTE]
Tripe? The Witcher has a lot of interesting lore. Great things can be done with it. Or they can completely ruin it. I'm hoping it's not the latter.
 

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[QUOTE="Brandon, post: 6529272]Tripe? The Witcher has a lot of interesting lore. Great things can be done with it. Or they can completely ruin it. I'm hoping it's not the latter.[/QUOTE]

Im refering to TV tripe Series. Not the Witcher specifically.
But shows which have no over arching story, but are rather serialised, stand alone episodes each week.

It maybe more akin to the X-files. With a smattering of real story interspearesed with stand alone "freak of the week" episdodes.

I can easily see it being something where each week he investigates some weird goings on. In which case no thanks.

There issnt any real complex overaching story the likes of Game of Thrones or Wheel of time going on here. Yes lots of Lore for sure.

But the story of the Witcher 3 itself for exmaple is hardly amazing. Find Ciri is 90% of the actual meaningful story. The fun came in everything else you did.
 
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I would like to see more television show adaptations of video games since there's more time for character development and crafting a complex story. Role-playing games are especially similar in that they're comprised of a series of events and challenges with an overarching story.
 

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[QUOTE="mynd, post: 6529274]Im refering to TV tripe Series. Not the Witcher specifically.
But shows which have no over arching story, but are rather serialised, stand alone episodes each week.

It maybe more akin to the X-files. With a smattering of real story interspearesed with stand alone "freak of the week" episdodes.

I can easily see it being something where each week he investigates some weird goings on. In which case no thanks.

There issnt any real complex overaching story the likes of Game of Thrones or Wheel of time going on here. Yes lots of Lore for sure.

But the story of the Witcher 3 itself for exmaple is hardly amazing. Find Ciri is 90% of the actual meaningful story. The fun came in everything else you did.[/QUOTE]
I'd much rather it be a story carried out and not something like Black Mirror. But ... I could see how it could work the way you're saying. I guess we'll have to see.
 

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[QUOTE="Lethal, post: 6529281]Better be lots of sex or I am not watching!![/QUOTE]
And magic. Sex and magic. And sexy magic. And magic sex.
 

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I got a an infraction on the steam community for uploading some rude Witcher screenshots.

Starting to get annoyed with Netflix commisioning too many "original" series.